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Bowl with Inscription, "Sovereignty is God's"

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
late 9th–early 10th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; white slip with black slip decoration under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) Diam. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.118
Not on view
One of the most common phrases found on Nishapur objects is al-mulk li-allah, or "Sovereignty is God's." Here, the letters are given a stately, elongated form and, unusually, are oriented toward the interior of the bowl.
Inscription: Supreme authority is God's [al-mulk lillah] (Ghouchani 1986, pl. 134)
1937, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1938, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 22, ch. 3, pp. 99, 117, ill. p. 117 (b/w).



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